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Our Board

Nigel Taylor


Nigel is a chartered surveyor and engineer with over 30 years’ experience of capital project development and delivery in the private and public sectors. He is currently a Director at Carlton Limited and also a non-executive Director of Richmond Housing Partnership as well as a Director of their recently created DevCo working to deliver new homes in Richmond; Kingston and Hounslow. Nigel takes over as Chair at a pivotal time and will steer the business into its next phase of delivery in partnership with the London Borough of Newham who secured the largest grant award from the GLA f £107m to deliver a programme of 1,000 homes by 2022.


John Swinney

Non Executive Board Member

John’s career has been split between local government and the private sector. He has considerable experience of the public private partnership space. Indeed much of his time has been focused on driving change and innovation in social housing. He led Pinnacle through its early years, positioning it as the leading private manager of public housing. Since leaving Pinnacle he has worked at Eaga and Carillion winning substantial energy related contracts with local authorities and housing associations.

John’s passion is for communities and how they can secure better services. Recently he has been working on the creation of a green bond and is now Chief Executive of Just Housing Group a niche consultancy working in social housing.

Sarah Gaventa MA (RCA)

Non Executive Board Member

Sarah, Founder of Made Public and currently Director of the Illuminated River Foundation.

She has worked as a public space, place making and cultural regeneration consultant for clients such as Berkeley Group, Lendlease and both Islington and Southwark Councils and recently curated Out There: Our Post War Public Art exhibition at Somerset House for Historic England.

Sarah is currently Lendlease’s public space champion for their Elephant & Castle regeneration project and has chaired the Community Forum for the Elephant and Castle for the last three years, along with chairing the recently formed Park Advisory Group helping to create the new Elephant Park.
She has written extensively on public space including authoring the book ‘New Public Spaces’.

Sarah was the Director of CABE Space - the UK government’s advisor on public space - from October 2006 until April 2011 when CABE (the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) ceased. Sarah’s role included advocacy, thought leadership and advice on the creation, design and management of public spaces including streets and civic spaces.

Sarah has been an Associate and member of the senior management team at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners architects and in 2014 she was the Interim Director of the Architecture Foundation.

Sarah was made an Honorary Fellow of the Landscape Institute in 2010 for her outstanding contribution to landscape.

Joe Montgomery CB

Non Executive Board Member

Joe joined the Board in November 16 and brings a wealth of experience in urban regeneration having worked extensively in central and local government.

Currently the Chair of Regional Enterprise Limited a partnership between Capita plc and the London Borough of Barnet. Previous roles include being the Chief Executive (Europe) at Urban Land Institute, Director General at the Department for Communities and Local Government, Director General, Office of the Deputy Prime Minster and Executive Director for Regeneration, London borough of Lewisham.

Joe has served as a Non-Executive Director at the Department of Transport and is honorary president of the International New Towns Association.

Suzanne Forster

Non Executive Director

A finance and business improvement professional, with over twenty five years experience advising and operating at a senior executive level within the affordable housing sector.

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